Cosplay Spotlight: Carlos Blanchard

He is vengeance, he is the night, he is… Carlos Blanchard in this week’s COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

There are various reason, but mainly it’s cause of two reasons. Creativity, and seeing a sick childs look on their face when they see their favorite superhero in front of them in real life.

There are many other reason, like the camaraderie shared between other costumes, and the sense of creative community which is inherent in this hobby.

What was your first cosplay?

My very first when I was a kid was Captain Kirk. The original show was still airing when I was growing up (boy is this going to age me, lol), and I was a huge fan, so my mom made me Kirk, and my brother Spock. Also helped that I was fortunate enough to meet Shatner when he was still Kirk. Costuming became a passion ever since.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I make the majority of them, but I also have others made. It really depends on the level of accuracy and detail I am putting into the costume, which dictates the amount of time put into it. Whether it is sculpting , molding, or just painting. Each piece comes with it’s own set of challenges, skill and time.

On average, I will spend countless hours getting it to where I want it to be. I tend to change things up on my costumes to personalize them to me. I catch flack on occasion because it’s not considered cannon, but, to be honest, I would feel like a clone if I did that. Not to mention, I feel more like the character I am wearing if I have it personalized more to my personality.

Who is your favorite character to play?

Well, I am known for doing Batman pretty well, so I would have to go with that. But there are so many other characters I enjoy just as much. My ODST, Punisher, and Resident Evil are some of my favorites as well.

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

My biggest inspiration are the other enormously talented artisans and cosplayers that exist in this hobby. There are so many of them that have raised the bar as far as the level of awesome, that I am always blown away by what they come up with.

People like Reeves FX, Laban Boldero, Nicci Fett, Ya Ya Han, to name a small few, keep me on my toes, and inspire me to continue to become better, regardless of what character or genre I choose to do next.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

Oh yes…it’s ok to make mistakes. Don’t be so critical of your own work. Learn from your fowl ups, and grow in your skills. Learn from others,and never be afraid to ask for advice. There are no stupid questions.

And mainly, don’t take yourself too seriously. This is supposed to be a fun hobby. Always keep that in mind. I’ve seen way too many costumers try to go “pro” and loose sight of what got them into doing this in the first place. The love of creating.

Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?

Certainly. But since I tend to try to personalize the characters to how I would be if I were the character, it takes a lot of pressure off of trying to get it right. I can just allow myself to be the character in question because I have tailored it to more of who I am in the first place.

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